KATY (Covering Katy News) – Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Deputy Constables, State Troopers and the Texas Department of Transportation are working together to ensure that spring break 2019 is not as deadly as spring break 2018 by increasing the number of patrol officers on the road. The funding is coming from TxDot through grants.
“The increased presence of traffic enforcement units on our streets and highways is made possible by the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) grants that are provided by TxDOT to law enforcement agencies to enforce our traffic laws and decrease traffic fatalities and crashes,” said Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Constable Wayne Thompson.
According to the Texas Department of Transportation, during last year’s Spring Break period there were 444 crashes involving young drivers who were under the influence of alcohol in Texas. Those crashes killed 11 people and seriously injured another 37.
While driving under the influence is a safety risk, it’s also a financial risk. Convicted drunk drivers face up to $17,000 in fines, fees, jail time and loss of their driver’s license.
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“The Fort Bend County Constable’s Office, Pct. 3 has received a STEP grant, which allows our deputies to focus additional efforts on speeding, seat belt usage, impaired driving, and other traffic violations, which contribute, to unsafe conditions on the roadways,” Thompson said.
This increased enforcement will reduce fatalities, accidents, and injuries within Fort Bend County from March 8, 2019, to March 25, 2019.
“It is a proven fact, as well as common sense, that using seatbelts and obeying traffic laws save lives and prevent injuries,” Thompson said. “The STEP grant allows our deputies to focus added time and attention on enforcing these basic traffic laws and keeping the citizens of Fort Bend County safe.”